Former Uganda Peoples party stalwart and Uganda’s ambassador to China Henry Mayega has come to the rescue of electoral commission chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu.
The EC boss has since February 18 presidential elections faced nothing but the wrath of Ugandans who claim he “sold them out” by announcing President Yoweri Museveni instead of Kizza Besigye as winner of the general elections.
Amb Mayega thinks otherwise.
“I don’t think Dr. Kiggundu is the worst thing that happened to us; he has given us regular and predictable elections,” Mayega said while appearing on NBS television on Tuesday.
Mayega says elections are now regular and predictable, unlike before curtsey of Kiggundu.
“Democracy in this country is taking root. We may not be there but we are on the way.”
Mayega however agreed there was need for electoral reforms to avoid the mishaps that have been cited in the 2016 elections.
“These electoral reforms must be tabled before Parliament where NRM is the majority. Those backing them should convince NRM MPs.”
This was after activist Chrispy Kaheru noted that people are beginning to think that elections are merely intended to legitimizing those in power.
Mayega said Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Uganda have become partial and are working with the opposition.
“Their role is questionable. Some CSOs’ failure to be impartial is why government recently came up with a new law [NGO Bill 2015].”
Attainment of electoral reforms is something Ugandans should aspire towards, he noted, adding that electoral reforms are supposed to be continuous.
“Tax payers should be ready to pay for the electoral reforms. They don’t come cheap.”